Are private messages ever going to be a thing?
I have thought multiple times that it'd be great if we could communicate one on one with people here. Asking for help with things could become a lot easier and a bit less embarrassing when it comes to those really ignorant feeling questions. For all I know there is a private messaging system on here and I'm asking one of those super ignorant questions.
I understand that those would be a bit harder to regulate. Moderators would definitely have to deal with more reports of abuse, but I honestly think that overall it would be a plus. I don't want Duolingo to be Facebook but I do want a bit more interaction. Please feel free to tell me why it hasn't been done, why it won't be done, or if somebody is considering it.
I agree with CNDragn about questions and asking for help in PM. When a person asks a question on the forum, anybody willing can help, but when you get the same question in a PM, you are kind of obliged to answer which is not very pleasant - most people don't like to be treated like a free helpdesk.
However, I would like to have an option of private messages as well. Private messages are, well, for private things like personal communication, or sharing emails or skype names. I've participated on many other sites and forums and I made a lot of friends through PM: at first we sent PMs to each other, then we exchanged messenger IDs and then sometimes even met each other in person. Private messages are a good start to get to know people, and if you feel they are not your type, you don't have to go further and give them your email or skype name.
I don't want Duolingo to be Facebook but I do want a bit more interaction.
I agree, and besides, private messages existed on forums long before Facebook even came into being. There is nothing wrong with that.
Exactly, some of my best friends were made on language sites and some of the people here seem super awesome.
've read everything y'all posted here and I agree. I wanted to add that, I wonder if part of why DL doesn't have a chat room or private chat is for liability reasons. I could see the danger for youth skyrocketing.
If I can play devils advocate :) I like that communication is open, because then it instills community interaction. Personally, it drives me nuts when someone asks a question, and then says "pm me with replies" or replies to a convo and says "Im going to pm you a question about this" because then they are excluding everyone else in the community from information that may have been helpful. Cause for sure, a question you think is ignorant and embarrassing, is a question someone else has as well and curious about.
On the other side of the coin, Im on another site where Im pretty knowledgeable, and I cringe when someone says they will pm me, or send me a pm with questions they could have just asked in public. I dont mind helping out, but now Ive kind of turned into their personal mentor, and thats a lot of pressure! lol I mean, there are times when Im not on the board and they spend days / weeks waiting for my response when all that time, there could have been a great open discussion with more interaction than just my point of view...which isnt always right or the best answer they could get.
Ive learned a lot from questions asked on here, and it has encouraged me to be more engaged and reply to things too. I would be sad if the community went dead / quiet because of a shift to private messages.